BSB - round 4

Todays round four of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Oulton Park had two different winners - Gregorio Lavilla (Ducati) and Ryuichi Kiyonari (Honda). Spanish rider Lavilla is now only 29 points ahead of Kiyonari as all racers prepare for the next round Snetterton, Norfolk.

Stobart Vent Axia Motorsport rider Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne picked up his second podium of the season aboard his Honda Fireblade. The 30 year old Londoner followed up a sixth place finish in race one with a third place in the second race.

In the opening race Byrne was in the leading bunch and just missed out on a possible podium but made amends in the second race as he fended off Championship leader Gregorio Lavilla (Airwaves Ducati) for the final podium place on the last lap.

Meanwhile rookie team mate Tom Sykes continued his impressive start to the campaign with another pair of solid points scoring rides at the Cheshire track. He too was only a fraction off a podium in the opening race, finishing in fifth, and briefly led race two until ending up in sixth place after another battling performance as he once again fended off a number of more illustrious rivals.

As a result of the successful weekend Sykes lies in sixth position in the Championship, with Byrne in seventh going into the next round in two weeks time whereby Shakey is looking for his first win for the Paul Bird team and Sykes his first podium.

picture :- left to right. Leon Haslam, Ryuichi Kiyonari, Shane byrne

Shane Byrne : “I’m a lot happier with that second race. In the first race the bike was good through the corners but not on the braking so we made some tweaks for race two and it was much better. I made hard work of passing Tommy Hill so it maybe could have been a second or a win. I’m looking forward to Snetterton now, its one place where you have to be brave on the brakes so if we have plenty of top speed there’s no reason why we can’t be up there again.”

Tom Sykes : “It’s been a good weekend with more points and solid finishes and most of all I’ve gained a bit more experience. I got the holeshot in the second race which was quite nice and I had a little smile on my face. I was up there riding with the top riders who have so much more experience and I just didn’t quite have the pace of the front guys but it’s only my fourth Superbike race so I’m happy enough. The team have been superb and I think they are happy with my progress.”

Chris Walker : "It has been a hard weekend. Right from the first session we were battling to find a competitive setting on my Rizla Suzuki that would allow me to compete. In the opening race I lost the front at the chicane and that was game over. In race two I ran on at the chicane and when I rejoined it was a lonely race to ninth. The positives are that the GSX-R1000 is good and has all the ingredients to challenge for the podium - Cal and I have proved that. The test at Mallory Park later this week will help us and I think we can go to the next round confident we can improve on our results."

Cal Crutchlow : "I am absolutely delighted with my first race result of seventh. I was in touch with the leaders for most of the race and that shows a significant step forward in performance. I now know I can compete with the front runners, something which I hadn't been able to do prior to this weekend. In the second race we made a few changes to the bike that didn't help and then I was forced to retire while comfortable in eighth place. Overall I feel as though I have moved up a level and will be taking that confidence with me into the rest of the season."

The next round of the Bennetts British Championship takes place at Snetterton, Norfolk in two weeks time (18th to 20th May).

British Superbike race 1 result
1. Gregorio Lavilla (Ducati) 27m29.245
2. Leon Haslam (Ducati) +0.219
3. Ryuichi Kiyonari (Honda) +0.504
4. Jonathan Rea (Honda) +1.843
5. Tom Sykes (Honda) +2.113
6. Shane Byrne (Honda) +2.505
7. Cal Crutchlow (Suzuki) +9.310
8. Leon Camier (Honda) +11.524
9. Karl Harris (Honda) +19.092
10. Tommy Hill (Yamaha) +26.176

British Superbike race 2 result
1. Ryuichi Kiyonari (Honda) 27m33.097
2. Leon Haslam (Ducati) +2.177
3. Shane Byrne (Honda) +3.563
4. Gregorio Lavilla (Ducati) +4.041
5. Jonathan Rea (Honda) +7.403
6. Tom Sykes (Honda) +7.664
7. Tommy Hill (Yamaha) +7.786
8. Leon Camier (Honda) +13.860
9. Chris Walker (Suzuki) +31.363
10. Dean Thomas (Suzuki) +32.393

Bennetts British Superbike Championship positions and points May 7, 2007
1. Gregorio Lavilla (Ducati) 169pts
2. Ryuichi Kiyonari (Honda) 140pts
3. Jonathan Rea (Honda) 109pts
4. Leon Haslam (Ducati) 104pts
5. Leon Camier (Honda) 96pts
6. Tom Sykes (Honda) 80pts
7. Shane Byrne (Honda) 71pts
8. Chris Walker (Suzuki) 62pts
9. Tommy Hill (Yamaha) 52pts
10. Michael Rutter (Kawasaki) 45pts
12. Cal Crutchlow (Suzuki) 35pts

2007 BSB calendar

Round 1. Brands Hatch GP April 7/8/9
Round 2. Thruxton April 13/14/15
Round 3. Silverstone April 27/28/29
Round 4. Oulton Park May 5/6/7
Round 5. Snetterton May 18/19/20
Round 6. Mondello Park June 15/16/17
Round 7. Knockhill June 29/30/1
Round 8. Oulton Park July 13/14/15
Round 9. Mallory Park July 20/21/22
Round 10. Croft August 10/11/12
Round 11. Cadwell Park August 25/26/27
Round 12. Donington Park September 21/22/23
Round 13. Brands Hatch Indy October 12/13/14

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